Extra Points: Harbaugh, Browns, Packers, Chiefs

Earlier today, it was reported that Ravens coach John Harbaugh was on the hot seat. It was reported Harbaugh was under “mounting pressure” to turn his team’s season around, and things didn’t get any better today. The team lost to the Steelers and slipped below .500, but despite the loss Harbaugh wasn’t sweating the media reports after the game.

Harbaugh “certainly didn’t act worried” during his post-game press conference, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. Harbaugh didn’t sound like he was worried about his job security even though the team dropped its third straight game today. Harbaugh has had a ton of success during his tenure in Baltimore, but things have been rocky the past couple of years and the Ravens reportedly considered parting ways after last season. Despite his defiant tone today, it certainly seems like the 11-year Harbaugh era in Baltimore could be coming to a close. The Ravens are heading into their bye week, so it’s possible we hear news of a switch as early as this week.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • The Browns haven’t been able to get any consistency in the kicking game all season, and worked out a slew of specialists Saturday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN (Twitter link). Schefter notes that the team worked out kickers “Sam Ficken, Marshall Koehn, Younghoe Koo, Jon Brown and Tyler Rausa.” It wouldn’t be surprising if the team moved on from current kicker Greg Joseph soon.
  • Speaking of specialists, the Packers made the unusual move of adding a second punter earlier this week, and nobody really knew why. There’s more clarity on the situation now, as they only signed Drew Kaser because incumbent punter J.K. Scott’s wife was due to have a baby tonight, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. It sounds like the team isn’t planning on making a change, and Kaser’s stay on the roster should be short-lived.
  • The Chiefs are clearly a Super Bowl contender and are in win-now mode, so plenty of people were surprised when they didn’t make any moves at the trade deadline to boost their defense. The team had reportedly been interested in trading for Earl Thomas earlier this year, but stood pat at the deadline, and now we know why. The Chiefs did try to trade for Landon Collins close to the deadline but weren’t able to strike a deal, according to Albert Breer of SI.com, who also writes that Kansas City’s coaching staff “has faith” that the team’s group of young defenders will continue to “improve as they go along.”
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15 comments on “Extra Points: Harbaugh, Browns, Packers, Chiefs

  1. bradthebluefish
    bradthebluefish

    If Harbaugh goes, I hope he comes to New England to eventually replace Belichick.

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    • jacobsigel1025

      No matter if McDaniels leaves New England or not he will be getting that first call and he’ll most likely take it

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      • bradthebluefish
        bradthebluefish

        True, but I don’t trust him taking the reins unless Belichick was serious about training McDaniels to be the heir. So far, so good. But I’d rather see Belichick help Harbaugh.

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  2. Kenleyfornia74

    Harbaugh ain’t worried because he will get another coaching chance. Vance Joseph on the other hand will never see a head coaching job again

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  3. antsmith7

    Chiefs should have done something to improve their defense. That’s going to bite them in the playoffs against high powered offenses New England, Chargers, Steelers…

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    • Chiefs have already beaten the Chargers and the Steelers once and came within 7 seconds of beating New England at their place. I believe we will be ok. And one defense will be getting better next week when Daniel Sorensen returns to start the season and Eric Berry will be returning before the season is over!

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  4. Bubba

    Ummm we beat the Steelers and the Chargers , Jacksonville and the Bengals already. Lost to the Patriots by 3 in NE.

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    • tylerall5

      The Steelers then just beat you and you are below .500. I don’t think they should move on from Harbaugh because he’s a great coach, but the front office finally gave him some weapons on offense and it hasn’t changed the narrative. Plus when you drop below .500 after starting hot with a good team, it lies on the coaches shoulders.

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  5. sufferfortribe
    sufferfortribe

    Browns had the perfect kicker in camp, a local kid, but chose Zane Gonzalez. They should bring the kid back. Seriously, can he be any worse than what they have right now?

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    • crosseyedlemon

      I expect the Browns to be one of several NFL teams trying to lure Lewis Ward away from the CFL. The Ottawa rookie has kicked 48 consecutive FGs and now holds the record once owned by Adam Vinatieri.

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  6. crosseyedlemon

    Why should John Harbaugh act worried? Within 5 minutes of losing his job with the Ravens he would be getting a call from Michigan.

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    • tylerall5

      Or the Browns, Jets, Broncos, and every other team that could make a coaching change.

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